Sunday, October 31, 2010

Weekly Wrap-up for October 31, 2010: Monthly Wrap-up and My Really Good News. :)

Wow, I cannot believe that October is over. It seems like a whirlwind thinking back on all of the things I accomplished here on the blog and personally. November is going to be even crazier with my park job ending, NaNoWriMo, and moving into a new apartment!

So, what did I do in October? Well, I participated in the 24-Hour Read-a-thon for the second time and was fairly happy with the reading I did. I also felt that it helped me connect to the book blogging community more than I have in the past. I also made it a goal to comment more on the blogs I follow, which is something I am always working on, as well as searching for new bloggers that catch my interest. I added quite a few to my blogroll and while it is becoming a lot of posts to read each day, I love all the bookish posts.

I also read a great number of books! Here are the titles I completed:
  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
I am THISCLOSE to finishing A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, so I might be adding one more title by the time I hit my pillow tonight. It was a great reading month and I am proud I made it through some heavy titles.

I just decided to go back and revisit some of my childhood favorites as a way to relax during this coming month. I made a nice big list, but I'm not sure how many I'll get through by the end of November. I'm already feeling a pull to a couple titles off my classic list, so this little diversion might not even last that long.

I am also making plans to tackle one of the scariest books on my list in December. Rebecca is taking on War and Peace by the one and only Tolstoy, and I think I am going to read it with her, after I get a copy of course.

But nothing tops what happened this week, and why I have been a little absent.

I interviewed for a long-term sub job at a high school in my home town on Thursday morning. Friday afternoon I accepted a job subbing for the teaching who is going on maternity leave. :) I'll be working and teaching for at least 12 weeks in January. I get to do my own lesson plans and have a classroom of my own for awhile. :)

I was jumping for joy when I got the call. This is an excellent opportunity to get some more experience for the resume in a great school district.

I'm going to be teaching a combination of English and history. I already know that besides teaching a research paper, I'll also be teaching The Crucible and Of Mice and Men.

I am really, really excited. :)

This is probably going to mean less reading time during those weeks, but it will be well worth it.

Anyway, I am going to go edit some more posts and finish A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Happy Reading everyone!


  1. Congrats on the good news!!!! That's awesome!

  2. Wow, congratulations! What an incredible month for you. I hope November is just as great :)

  3. Congratulations! And I'm in awe of your October reading list.

  4. congrats on your good news great read-athon results

  5. That is great news! Sounds like it will be a really good experience. Yay!

  6. Oh, Allie, I am so glad for you!!
    My mum and I send you the best wishes!
    It seems like 2011 is going to be a great year for you, CONGRATULATIONS!

  7. Congratulations on the upcoming job! I just finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn this week as well. I'm looking forward to your review.

  8. Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you.

  9. Congratulations Allie. I'm so happy and proud of you. The kids in this school are going to be so lucky to have you as a substitute teacher. They could not be put into better hands. Looking forward to a great New Year-2011. Love, Mom

  10. Congrats on the teaching job, and i'm impressed by how much you have read!

  11. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. Of Mice and Men should be fun to teach, and I remember enjoying The Crucible when I was in school.

  12. Congrats on the new job! I hope it leads to another great (and permanent) opportunity. :)

  13. Congratulations on the job! I know how hard you have worked to get one and this sounds like a good opportunity to expand your CV.

    As for the books you read, it looks like you had a great month. I know you complained about not reading enough, but look at the kind of books you finished!

  14. So glad to hear about the job! Congrats! You can always come to us to help you grade the papers :D

  15. That's awesome!! I know how badly you want to teach, and to get to teach literature? Excellent news! Congrats!!

    Also, I'm really excited you're doing a person kids' book challenge in November. Can't wait to read your thoughts. :-)